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How The Anthropic Principle Became The Most Abused Idea In Science

The Universe has the fundamental laws that we observe it to have. Also, we exist, and are made of the things we’re made of, obeying those same fundamental laws. And therefore, we can construct two very simple statements that would be very difficult to argue against:<p>We must be prepared to take …

Physics

Collapse of Atlantic Ocean Current Could Trigger Icy Apocalypse, Researchers Warn

Climate change could become so extreme that it might trigger the cataclysmic collapse of a vital Atlantic Ocean current and plunge parts of the Northern Hemisphere into a frigid new reality, a study warns.<p>The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) transports warm water from the tropics …

Global Warming

Astronomers Found the Universe's Largest Particle Accelerator

Two of the most powerful phenomena in the universe are occurring right next to each other.<p>NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory has spotted a unique structure in the cosmos: the largest particle accelerator in the known universe. The accelerator is caused by two of the most energetic phenomena in the …

New research suggests maternity leave is more important for mothers than it is for their kids

How long should women take off from work after having a baby? It’s a charged question. Scandinavians think women should have a lot of time; Americans seem to think women need little or no time at all. At the heart of the question is the effect on children: Does it help or hurt them to have a parent …

Parenting

Why friends pressure each other to drink — and how to resist it

Anyone who has ever tried to give up drinking, or goes somewhere and says they're not drinking, knows people encourage us to drink and are unhappy when we don't. Why is this? Is it uniquely Australian? What can we do about it?<p>The phenomenon of people experiencing pressure to drink in social …

Psychology

Study Reveals the Sad Reason Your Dad's Political Views Will Never Change

A new brain scan study out of USC hints at why our democracy is so fragmented.<p>Christmas is over, which means you're probably still recovering from the political arguments that happened while songs about peace and love ironically mocked you from a radio. If this uncomfortable position sounds …

Donald Trump

The 20 Best Books of 2016, According to 36 "Best of" Lists

If you’re looking for a good book to curl up with this winter, you’re bound to find one on this list. These are the books found on “best of 2016" …

Top 7 Must-See Sky Events for 2017

Get ready to see an amazing eclipse, a comet encounter, close planetary pairings, and more celestial wonders.<p>Among the many eye-catching astronomical shows coming up, 2017 may be best remembered for the much anticipated total eclipse of the sun that will cross the continental United States in …